When a cure is found to treat mutations, lines are drawn amongst the X-Men, led by Professor Charles Xavier, and the Brotherhood, a band of powerful mutants organized under Xavier's former ally, Magneto.
When bitten by a genetically modified spider, a nerdy, shy, and awkward high school student gains spider-like abilities that he eventually must use to fight evil as a superhero after tragedy befalls his family.
Two mutant brothers, Logan and Victor, born 200 years ago, suffer childhood trauma and have only each other to depend on. Basically, they're fighters and killers, living from war to war through U.S. history. In modern times, a U.S. colonel, Stryker, recruits them and other mutants as commandos. Logan quits and becomes a logger, falling in love with a local teacher. When Logan refuses to rejoin Stryker's crew, the colonel sends the murderous Victor. Logan now wants revenge. Written by
Team X is comprised of James Logan (Wolverine), Victor Creed (Sabretooth), Wade Wilson (Deadpool), David North (Agent Zero), Chris Bradley (Bolt), John Wraith (Kestrel) and Fred J. Dukes (Blob). From these, only four of the members have their titles mentioned in the film:
(at around 11 mins) North is referred to as "Zero" by Stryker;
(at around 39 mins) Logan asks for new dog-tags inscribed with "Wolverine" on them, after the folktale he heard;
(at around 1h 0 mins) Dukes mistakes Wolverine's calling him "bub" for "Blob" (as a joke it enrages him);
(at around 1h 17 mins) and Stryker refers to Wade as "the Deadpool."
(at around 48 mins) When Wolverine notices the farmer's motorcycle, he calls it a chopper. It's supposed to be a 1964 Harley Davidson FL, and appears to be in pretty much stock condition. A chopper is a bike that has been stripped down or "chopped" to a bare essentials condition. However, the term "chopper" is incorrectly used by many people to describe any kind of large motorcycle. See more »
Wolverine is a decent movie. It is worth the price of admission and the 2 hours of screen time. The movie works well as a prequel of the events of the X-Men movies. However, to enjoy the movie, one must suspend knowledge of the comic book material. The movie was made for the average movie-goer and a little for the ultra hardcore X-Men comic book reader. The story has everything anyone could want: family, a little romance, love, comedy, revenge and plenty of action.
I was pleased with most of the acting. I will admit that some dialogue seems forced from the minor cast, but the main characters - Wolverine, Sabretooth, etc. - all work well together. The story did seem a little rushed and choppy at times, however. The 1:45 time goes by quickly enough to feel like maybe the movie could have - and should have - been closer to 2:00.
The movie is as good as the first X-Men movie, and better than X-Men United and X-Men: The Last Stand. I am actually looking forward to seeing how they handle the Magneto origins movie that's being made. And I am really hoping that all of this work brings it together for a possible X-Men 4. I know you agree with me because after all, I know everyone is dying to see Apocalypse as the bad guy.
My only real complaint of the movie is that Gambit (my favorite X-Men character) did not have as much screen time as I'd hoped. He better either get his own movie, or make an appearance in a later Marvel movie.
Ignore the syndicated critics and the negativity surrounding this movie. I'm glad I did. Go see it. Don't let people scare you away from spending your money on this movie. Form your own opinions. Oh, and if you go, stay after the credits.
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